St. Joseph Discernment House

St Joseph Discernment HouseSt. Joseph House, which is located on the 2nd floor of Pulte Hall, is the on-campus residence of the Brothers of Holy Cross working at the college. As Holy Cross Religious we find great support through our commitment and participation in communal life. St. Joseph House offers young men an opportunity to enter into the community and faith lives of the Brothers in an intentional way, by sharing and participating in prayer, community, and service.

An integral part of our religious life as Holy Cross Brothers is inviting others to share in our common life. Devoted to God through our ministry and prayer, we strive to make a difference in the world by being present and available to the people and communities we serve. St. Joseph House was established to give young men an opportunity to regularly affiliate with the Brothers so they can better understand religious life which in turn begins the process of contemplating a commitment to pursuing a religious vocation.

New on campus housing option coming Fall 2017!

Collegiate Program
As you begin your consideration for campus housing we want you to know that St. Joseph House, on the second floor of Pulte Hall, is expanding to include a Collegiate Program. This program invites and provides young men the opportunity to live in a religious house even though they are not actively exploring a religious vocation.

For more information please contact Br. Chris Torrijas @ to inquire about the Collegiate Program or for an application.

As Holy Cross Religious, educators in the faith, we are called to walk with young men in order to help them discern God’s call in their life. Blessed Basil Moreau called it “the art of helping young people to completeness.” (Christian Education 3).

“In coming to the St. Joseph House, I sought to develop my prayer life and learn how to live in community with others, both of which I have been able to do here. The most important thing I’ve experienced in the program is the day to day life of the Brothers. It has been inspiring to see that they are ordinary people, but who live extraordinary lives which stem from their vows and commitment to prayer and community life.” – Jacob Eifrid

Admittance into St. Joseph House is a two-step process. The first step is to fully complete and submit your application. After the application has been received and reviewed by the Vocation Director you will be contacted to discuss your application and interest in joining the St. Joseph House Community.

Click here to read about residents’ experiences in their own words. 

Ave Crux Spes Unica,
The Brothers of Holy Cross

For further information about the St. Joseph Discernment House please contact Brother Christopher Torrijas, C.S.C.

Br. Christopher Torrijas, C.S.C.
Formation Director, St. Joseph House
Congregation of Holy Cross
Moreau & Midwest Provinces
P.O. Box 308, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 239-8321